Welcome to my gallery of quilts.  I live in Brighton, Michigan.  I have been quilting for 40 years, evolving from traditional patterns and hand quilting to more modern/art styles with mostly machine quilting.

I hope you enjoy these!   Comments/questions about purchases and commissions are welcome.  Katie

kthorne@umich.edu

 

This is a large quilt, about 56 X 56.  It hangs on my sewing room wall.  2004

quilt and studio

 

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Party Quilts

Some years ago I made a pinwheel quilt in greens and other colors.  The pinwheel blocks are a slight variation on the traditional, the triangles are askew.  Each block is a little different.  Not enough to be noticeable until you really study on it.  Then later I made another one in blues and gave it to my niece.  I believe her brother hijacked it from her because it is now living with him in New York.  It was a lot of fun working on both of these.  Green title:  “It’s My Party”.   Blue title:  “Blue Party”.

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Karen with turquoise quilt

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Manhattan Quilt

I like to make strip sets– strips of fabric sewn together into blocks that can then be arranged however seems pleasing.  This quilt is one of those projects.  I am glad that I thought to extend the points into the black border so that it looks like it is hanging on point.  I also wanted the center to be lighter than the edge blocks.  It belongs to my nephew who lives in Manhattan.  I think it is a city quilt!

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New work

I made some triangle pieces with green/blue colors, and was going to put them together into squares like I had done with my red one, but decided to do something a little different.  I added large squares of some hand-dyed fabric, and then quilted it with straight lines as well as some leafy things.  I like it hanging on point.

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Ice Dyeing

I’ve been doing some ice dyeing of fabric and scarves recently.  The effect can be made to look like tie-dye projects.  It involves soaking fabric, twisting or folding it, laying it in a pan, sprinkling on powdered dye, and then pouring ice cubes over the whole.  A day later the ice has melted into the fabric and the dye has dispersed, in surprising ways.

I have a good supply of hand-dyed fabric now, my next challenge is to use it in some quilts.  Here are a few samples of the scarves.

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And here are a few samples of the dyed fabric.

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Quilts on tables

My sister is a master decorator, her home is wonderfully full of beautiful things, artfully arranged.  Some years ago I made her a table cloth, a simple square pattern.  She uses it in their family lake house.

Karen's tablecloth

Recently I gave her a small art quilt, which showed up this week as a table topper for autumn decoration!

Gold cabin

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Guatemalan influence

Some years ago, Priscilla Bianchi, a quilt artist from Guatemala, came to the Greater Ann Arbor Quilt Guild and taught a class.  She brought with her some scraps of hand-woven fabrics from Guatemala to share with us.  I made a small quilt I called “Dancers”.  It’s still one of my favorites.  I also bought her book, which is full of colorful wonderful quilts.

Just recently I found Priscilla on Facebook and was inspired again to use those bright colors.  I got out some of my many stripes, including a Guatemalan fabric I bought recently (it was a “scarf” offered by a church group that has a mission there).  The result is a bright red quilt I call Guatemalan Fiesta.  Here they are.

Dancers

 

Guatemala Fiesta